updated 02:05 pm EDT, Mon October 4, 2010
Samsung shows WiMAX 2 in Japan at 330Mbps
Samsung, in collaboration with UQ Communications, demonstrated a trial WiMAX 2 network at CEATEC Japan with speeds reaching 330Mbps. Based on IEEE 802.16m, its speed was showcased on 1080p 3D and 16 1080p screens at the same time. Samsung used its existing Mobile WiMAX base station for the demo.
WiMAX 2 is faster than the original 4G network, while remaining compatible with current WiMAX deployments. The standards for the new network should be in place in November. Samsung is a proponent of the technology and hopes to bring out products based on the standard by the end of 2011.
Samsung equipment is used by 57 mobile operators in 36 countries.
Clear and Sprint say current WiMAX offers estimated speeds of 3-6Mbps, but the new 802.16m version should provide average speeds of over 100Mbps. LTE, the standard most carriers are adopting for 4G, peaks at 100Mbps and more often reaches 12Mbps.